1) Ah yes, the political season has started in Virginia. How do I know? Both sides are already lobbing shells at each other. The questions are whether the death penalty issue will be a 9mm round or a bazooka shell and who will be hit?
2) In Connecticut a letter from the Archbishop has prompted local priests to speak out against the State killing a man convicted of murder. A bill has been filed to get rid of Connecticut's death penalty (which hadn't been used in 40 years). Of course, the cost of all this is greater than the cost would have been just to keep him in prison (a sentence of death by long term imprisonment). The general populace seems split over the matter.
3) Yet another case of police just going out and gathering DNA samples without suspicion.
4) A commentary from Texas against the death penalty.